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We have recently added a Companion Therapy Laser from LifeCure, LLC to our clinic. Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free and pain-free alternative treatment that can provide relief for many common pet ailments.
Below are just a few of the disorders that respond well to laser therapy:
For more information about this new treatment option, please contact us.
Click below to see the many ailments that laser therapy can help with.
Please call to schedule a consult with one of our veterinarians.
Just one success story
Hope is our old little kitty that has always had chronic nasal issues. We have tried antibiotics and supplements but she always had a runny nose and sneezed constantly. We were always wiping her nose and cleaning up after her. We didn't mind of course as we love her, but it was messy. Earlier this year, the clinic purchased a laser machine and we tried that. She hated it. We needed to hold her still as we 'lasered' her nose and we had to do this for several sessions. At first we didn't notice any changes as she was still sneezing. But after a few more sessions, we noticed less nasal discharge and less sneezing and then it almost stopped complelety. It was amazing. It has been several months since her last laser session and she is doing well, she is not sneezing and does not have any nasal discharge. Angela
Here is a cool summer treat for your dog (or cat): Freeze ice cubes made from chicken broth and add them to your pet's water, not only will this cool them off, it can encourage them to drink more which is crucial in this weather, especially the older pets. You can also make your dog some "pupsicles" to keep them busy while you're at work. Take a Kong toy or marrow bone, fill it with some canned food or peanut butter, mix in some dry food or biscuits and freeze overnight. It not only keeps them cool, but will take longer to enjoy. For dogs, you can freeze carrots or fruit cubes. For those pets that don’t like ice cubes in their bowl, you can fill a larger bowl with ice and then sit their regular water bowl inside to keep cool. Cats especially may prefer this.
Natural Flea Treatments
This article gives you some strategies to deal with fleas in a natural, nontoxic way:
Eliminate Fleas Without Poisons.
The Beef and Beer was a wonderful success! We had a huge turnout, wonderful weather, great music and delicious food and many great raffle items. A great time was had by all and we raised some much needed funds to help us continue our mission of rescuing homeless special needs dogs. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this event such a great success and everyone who attended and contributed. Rosemary DiStefano
Paco made new friends at the Beef and Beer.
We lost some special friends in April, May and June; we will miss them all.
Sandy Krieger, Abby Battis, Nipper Lord, Boy Paprocky, Buster O'Brien, Dexter Berman, Felix Caesar, Beamer Moses, Maggie Cybok, Fiona Merkel, Riley Ferguson, Toby Garrison, Cariad Cooke, Lady Lord, Tina Way, Brittany Elder, Sushi Wilson, Max McKenna, Happy Feet Carrion, Fred Murta, Kiko Etkin, Hershy Maier, Sweetie Pie Weiner, Snowball Smith, Bob Armstrong, Max Rubinsohn, Foxy Shinefeld, Remington Kilgus, Buster Puppy Schwartz, Ralph Rocco, Nine Walzer, Bleach Cacciola, Marley Feldman, Dixie Duffy, Bogart Schafer, Cueball Schwarzmann, Lacey Lichtenhahn, Mittens Dominic, Katie and Sadie Genuardi, Simon Denelsbeck, Racine Kemper, Josie Vitello, Felix Marcewicz, Patch Liehe, Irene Houseman, Bailee Pernicello, Jesse Boff, Autumn Remer, Shelby Mitchell, Sandy Halter, Kochavee Jaffe, Pooch Poole, Shadow Ann Berman, Jaime Collins, L.B. Golkow, Andre Cutler, Miss Kitty Carr, Matthew Michnya, Chico Zacharjasc,
Spencer Myers, Penny Enderle, Ethel Goodstein, Pablo Melzer, Pinot Croce, Gracie Mooney, Redsy Tillman, Patches Ruthberg, Ginger Sinnamon, Taz Bailey.
Let me start off by saying boy is it hot! And then I would like to apologize for getting this issue out a little late. As many of you know I had been caring for my paraplegic pit bull Katie for the better part of a year. Well Miss Kate, as she was called passed away in the beginning of June and then five days later my cat, Sadie, also passed after a brief illness. Needless to say it took me some time to pull this together. I want to thank all of the contributors for their hard work and all of you for your patience. On a brighter note this issue is full of information for not only the hot days of summer but year round - wherever you and your pets may go. I hope you enjoy! Kathy Genuardi
Well summer is here and we are in the middle of a heat wave – yet again. OK, so maybe not an official heat wave, but it sure feels like it. Remember to protect your pets from the heat and humidity just as you would yourself and your children. This means walking the dog as early in the day as you can, and if you must walk in the evening, stay off the hot macadam and sidewalk as much as possible as your dog’s feet are easily burned. If you can, stick to walking paths or grass as these areas are usually shaded. Shorten your walk and be sure to carry a water bottle in case your pet starts to overheat. Remember your dog does not sweat as we do, allowing for heat evaporation, and can be overcome by the heat in a short period. For your cat, if you do allow her to go outside, please be sure she comes in the house when you leave for work. Though your kitty may be street savvy (or so you think) in trying to keep cool she can seek out some dangerous places to escape the hot summer sun, i.e. storm drains, sheds/garages that may then be closed behind her, or under the neighbor’s car. For those cats that are kept safe in the house, if you do not or cannot leave the a/c on, crack a window slightly to allow air flow through the house and draw the curtains to keep the direct sun out. For all pets, be sure to leave plenty of water in the house or yard in case you are delayed in getting home. With the high temps and humidity we have been experiencing this early in the season, it does not take long for your pet to succumb to heat stroke.
Kitten season is upon us and not only the animal shelters, but our neighborhoods are home, for want of a better term, to hundreds of kittens and young cats. Before you bring a new cat or kitten into your home, please, please keep them isolated from your own pets for a minimum of two weeks. This gives you the time not only to bring her to us for a health check, including testing for Feline Leukemia and FIV, but any infections she may be carrying should become apparent in that time frame. We recently had two clients go through this experience with a stray kitten that was allowed to mingle with the resident cats in the foster and then adoptive homes before she succumbed to the leukemia virus. Though I do not want to discourage you from helping a homeless kitten, I do want you to be careful in protecting your resident cats as they are your priority.
Planning on boarding your cat or dog while you are on vacation? Be sure you book ahead, verify what vaccinations your kennel requires and be sure to have your pets updated at least two weeks prior to your departure. Contact us for a list of area kennels and/or pet sitters. If your cats are to remain at home, we do recommend that you have someone come in daily to check on them. Unlike dogs, cats do not take well to leaving their home environment and are best left at home, if possible, in familiar surroundings.
And if you want to vacation with your dog, check the web for hotels/motels that are pet friendly. In addition, there are resorts that welcome your pets for extended stays.
However you and your family, two and four legged, spend your summer do, make it a safe and happy adventure.
The summertime poses many dangers to our four legged friends, and one of the most common is the bee sting. Dogs are much more likely than people to get stung due to the fact that they are lower to the ground and seem mesmerized by the constant motion and dance of the bee. Unfortunately, they are also just as likely to be allergic to bee stings, sometimes dangerously so. This makes it very important to educate yourself on how to treat bee stings at home and to know when professional help should be sought.
If your dog is stung by a bee then you should follow these steps:
In summary, if your pet is stung by a bee, don’t panic. Take time to assess the situation to gauge whether or not home management is appropriate. If you are worried remember that help is only a phone call away. Have a safe and happy summer!
What says summer like hot humid days with evening thunderstorms and what says the Fourth of July like fireworks! And what says noise phobia like, barking, drooling, shaking and hiding. Sound familiar?
Many dogs exhibit noise phobic responses especially in the summer. These actions are physically tolling on both human and dog alike. Some dogs will begin the behavior hours before the rain/storm actually arrives. They are most likely reacting to changes in barometric pressure, though their superior hearing may also be picking up far away thunder claps. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate phobic behaviors in these situations it is possible to manage the fear and discomfort with a variety of treatments.
For many dogs with noise phobias summer is a fearful time. The good news is there are options that will reduce the fears and enable our pets to enjoy the wonderful days of summer with us.
Heatstroke (hyperthermia) occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body's temperature in a safe range. Animals do not have efficient cooling systems (like humans who sweat) and get overheated easily. A dog with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104º to 106ºF) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and veterinary care (normal body temperature is 100-102.5°F). Severe heatstroke (body temperature over 106ºF) can be deadly and immediate veterinary assistance is needed.
Signs: A dog suffering from heatstroke will display several signs.
What you should do:
Remove the dog from the hot area immediately. Prior to taking him to your veterinarian, lower his temperature by wetting him thoroughly with cool water (for very small dogs, use lukewarm water), then increase air movement around him with a fan. CAUTION: Using very cold water can actually be counterproductive. Cooling too quickly and especially allowing his body temperature to become too low can cause other life-threatening medical conditions. The rectal temperature should be checked every 5 minutes. Once the body temperature is 103ºF, the cooling measures should be stopped and the dog should be dried thoroughly and covered so he does not continue to lose heat. Even if the dog appears to be recovering, take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible. He should still be examined since he may be dehydrated or have other complications.
Allow free access to water or a children's rehydrating solution if the dog can drink on his own. Do not try to force-feed cold water; the dog may inhale it or choke.
What your veterinarian will do:
Your veterinarian will lower your dog's body temperature to a safe range (if you have not already) and continually monitor his temperature. Your dog will be given fluids, and possibly oxygen. He will be monitored for shock, respiratory distress, kidney failure, heart abnormalities, and other complications, and treated accordingly. Blood samples may be taken before and during the treatment. The clotting time of the blood will be monitored, since clotting problems are a common complication.
Dogs with moderate heatstroke often recover without complicating health problems. Severe heatstroke can cause organ damage that might need ongoing care such as a special diet prescribed by your veterinarian. Dogs who suffer from heatstroke once increase their risk for getting it again and steps must be taken to prevent it on hot, humid days.
Any pet that cannot cool himself off is at risk for heatstroke. Following these guidelines can help prevent serious problems.
ARK Day: RVC and Faith’s Hope educating people about their pets and the joys of adopting a homeless animal.
If you board your pet, make sure that the kennel is clean and well maintained. Always visit the facility before you leave your pet there. Asking for references is not a bad idea.
Ensure that the boarding facility has a plan for immediate isolation and care for any dogs or cats that develop signs of "kennel cough," “kitty cold” or other diseases in a completely separate area (at least 50 feet from healthy pets or with a separate air supply).
See that the boarding facility has a plan for immediate contact should your pet or another pet become suddenly ill.
Clarify the facilitys’ protocol for disinfecting/cleaning cages and runs daily and how often they are checked for feces.
Ensure that the boarding facility is capable of handling your pet's special needs (specific diet, treats, medications) and that they have scheduled exercise/attention time per day. This is commonly added on as an “extra” and is a good idea if you plan on being away longer than one or two nights. For elderly pets this is a must in many facilities that have your pets’ best interest in mind.
What to do about your Kittie when you go away!
Many of our clients inquire about boarding their cats while they go on vacation. Cats generally do best in a familiar environment and would prefer to be home, even if alone, than to be at a vet's office or kennel, surrounded by unknown people and strange smells and noises. Such a change can be very stressful for a cat and cause her to stop eating, which can lead to health problems. It is best to ask a trusted friend or relative to stop by your home to care for your kitty. Some veterinary technicians do pet-sitting and are qualified to give medication, insulin injections and sub-cutaneous fluids, if needed. There are also professional pet-sitting services. It is advisable to leave out an extra litter box and an extra water bowl. The pet-sitter should provide fresh food and water, clean the litter boxes and also account for kitty's whereabouts in the house, making sure that she is safe. In addition, some people think that their cat will be "mad" at them when they return from vacation and will ignore them or refuse to use the litter box out of anger; this is not the case. Anger is not the motivation. If you return from vacation and your cat behaves oddly toward you or hisses at the souvenir you bought, it is because you and your belongings smell like a strange place and strange people and these strangers have invaded kitty's home! Kitty is re-asserting her right to her territory. Do your laundry, put your luggage in storage and reassure kitty with lots of love and a return to your normal routine as soon as possible. But that is not to say that kitty will react to your absence this way, most cats do not and, instead, welcome their mommy/daddy home with open paws.
Q. Should I worry about K9 Flu?
A. Canine influenza is a viral respiratory disease that was first discovered among racing greyhounds in Florida in 2004. Prior to this, dogs were not known to be susceptible to the flu. Since its discovery, the canine influenza virus has been confirmed in a variety of breeds in over 30 states with the urban areas of Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida being particularly problematic. However, before you need to worry about your beloved furry friend, there is more we need to talk about.
Like humans who acquire the flu, dogs with canine influenza may develop respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and occasionally a runny nose. Luckily these symptoms are usually mild and will resolve on their own. Unfortunately, a small percentage of dogs who acquire the flu may develop secondary bacterial infections that can lead to a more serious and potentially life-threatening illness. Symptoms of this are cough, fever, decreased appetite and activity level. Your dog should be examined by a vet immediately if symptoms occur on any level. Canine influenza is also highly contagious from dog to dog. However, it is not able to cause illness in humans.
A vaccine has been developed against canine influenza since its discovery. The benefits of the vaccine are that it will decrease the incidence and severity of lung problems and it will shorten the duration of coughing and viral shedding. To clarify, it does not prevent against canine influenza (although it will decrease the severity of illness) and it does not completely prevent against spreading the flu from dog to dog. To produce protection, there is a 2-part vaccination series that must be completed at least four weeks prior to possible exposure.
The canine influenza vaccine is not required but is to be used based on the lifestyle of the dog. Those potentially at risk for being exposed to canine influenza are dogs that are housed with other dogs in large numbers (shelters, boarding, grooming, dog shows, dog day care, dog parks, travel). However, the decision to vaccinate your dog is a difficult one. Unfortunately, comprehensive information about the distribution of canine influenza is not available because no single organization tracks it (influenza is not a reportable disease for human or veterinary patients). Thus, it is almost impossible for us vets to comment on how prevalent it is in our area. The media, in its infinite wisdom, has taken this newly emerged disease as a reason to panic. Is panic a healthy reason to vaccinate your dog? Additionally, giving the vaccine does not ensure protection. Dogs who receive this vaccine will probably still come down with canine influenza if exposed and they are still at risk for shedding the virus to other dogs. At best we can hope that vaccinated dogs will not shed the virus for as long a period and that we are decreasing the likelihood that symptoms will turn life-threatening, as compared to unvaccinated dogs. Since the vaccine is new, we do not know the side effects associated with administering it (although, to my knowledge, no serious problems have been reported). We also do not know if the protection lasts a full year. Since there has been some panic with this disease and a new vaccine has emerged, there are some boarding facilities that are now requiring the vaccine. Although I would prefer that policies like that be made on evidence and at the discretion of a veterinarian, I understand how a boarding facility would not want the burden on their shoulders if canine influenza broke out in their establishment.
All in all, having a discussion with your veterinarian about canine influenza and the vaccine is a very important one to have. We can discuss the lifestyle of your dog and if we feel your pooch may benefit from the vaccine. I hope this article helped clarify the complicated disease of canine influenza and do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions/concerns.
Dr. Laura Jones
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